14 strange laws from around the world

Chicken crossing the roadShutterstockThis isn’t a joke: don’t let your chicken cross the road in Georgia.

Ever since 50 Cent was arrested for swearing on stage in the Caribbean (St. Kitts prohibits the use of profanity in public), we’ve been wondering what other countries we could accidentally get in trouble in.

Turns out there are a lot of places that have strange laws, though many are hopefully archaic and rarely enforced.

Here are 14 strange laws to keep in mind next time you book a trip.

Suspiciously holding a salmon in the UK


Parliament's famous Salmon Act of 1986 states that it's illegal to hold a salmon under suspicious circumstances. Sounds fishy, but it's true.

Chewing gum in Singapore


When heading to Singapore, leave the Juicy Fruit at home and pop a breath mint instead. Among the lengthy list of items that aren't allowed to be imported into Singapore is chewing gum, a rule enforced in order to keep public spaces clean. An exception is made for dental or nicotine gum.

Naming your baby something weird in Denmark

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Celebs in Denmark would be screwed, since the country has official child naming guidelines. If you want to name your baby something other than the 7,000 approved names, you need to get approval from the government. Sorry North, Apple, Blue Ivy.

Recklessly biking in Mexico


Bikers may not lift feet from pedals, as it might result in a loss of control. This practical law was created in 1892 as a way to protect riders. However, no hands is still fair game.

Hiking naked in Switzerland


The Swiss kindly ask you not to hike in the nude. In fact, Swiss canton Appenzell was the first to ban the indecent act after a naked German man walked past a family picnicking in the Alps in 2009.

Being a bird perch in Venice


A fine of up to $700 is in store for anyone who feeds the pigeons in Venice's St. Mark's Square. The city banned the practice, citing the birds as a health hazard, and as bad for the monuments.

Whistling in Canada


The city of Petrolia in Ontario has a law that limits excessive noise. The rule states that no yelling, shouting, whistling or singing is allowed at any time.

Having your chickens cross the road in Georgia


If you own any chickens in Quitman, Georgia, it's illegal to let them cross the road. Simply put, the law essentially wants owners to have their chickens under control at all times.

Wearing high heels in Greece


Leave your stilettos at home if you're planning on sightseeing around Greece's historic cities. High heels are illegal at certain ancient monuments because they can damage them, and because they often threaten preservation efforts .

Naming a pig Napoleon in France


So the law no longer states Napoleon specifically, but instead says that it's illegal to offend the heads of state by naming your pig after them. As of 2013 it's no longer a criminal offence, but you'd better stick with the name Wilbur if you want to avoid charges from the country's strict slander and defamation laws.

Running out of gas on the autobahn in Germany


Hitting 100 on the autobahn is a thrilling feeling, but you'd best keep an eye on the road and the other on the needle. Running out of gas on the motorway

will lead to fines -- basically, you should have known better and planned ahead, like any self respecting German.

Peeing in the ocean in Portugal


You can't pee in the ocean in Portugal, though we can't confirm or deny that anyone has ever been caught. Still, out of respect for your fellow beachgoers, just hold it, ok?

Getting someone too drunk in Australian pubs


It's a bit counter intuitive, but Down Under getting patrons too drunk at the pub is met with heavy fines.

Using water guns in Cambodia on New Year's Eve


In 2001, Phnom Penh governor Chea Sophara banned the sale and import of all water guns, fearing they would cause social unrest during Khmer New Year celebrations.

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